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Bill Writing 101
A bill is an idea for a new law or to amend an existing law. MYIG students (delegates) write bills. Bills are printed in a bill book which every delegate will receive. Bills will be discussed and amended in committees formed of delegates at the Lansing conference. If the committee thinks that the bill would make a good law, they will send it to the legislature where it could become a law. All bills must be state issues only.
Bills that are passed through the House and Senate and signed by the Youth Governor are sent on to the Michigan Legislature for their consideration.
Where to Start
Writing a bill is not an easy task, but it is one that is a lot easier to do if you are passionate about the subject of your bill. Before you begin the bill writing process, think critically about the world around you. Do you see things in your town that you think could be better? Do you notice injustices in society that you think a law could help stop? If you think about the things within society that are passionate issues for you as the bill's author, you will transfer that passion to your work.
If you are still struggling to find inspiration, take a look at some of your favorite news sources. Use those to find inspiration and passion for your bill.
Research Research Research
After deciding on a topic you are passionate about, the next step is to research everything you can about your subject. By having a diverse amount of information about your bill's subject, you may be able to address differing opinions right in the bill itself.
When doing your research, make sure that you are using credible sources. Credible sources can be found in research studies, official web pages, and google scholar. What you will want to avoid using when researching your bill are sites such as wikipedia, where anyone can access and change the information.
Not all of the research you find needs to go into your bill; however make sure you save copies of the research that you found so that you can use it later to defend your bill.